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Stay informed – Phase 2

Some of you are aware of the impending application for a free-standing 7-Eleven at E7th/Temple. Many have written into RPNA with their concerns. Here are just a small sample of the commentary.

The 7th street corridor is already a busy street and adding a 7-11 would increasing traffic on the corner of 7th/temple and increase potential for accidents in this area. This past Wednesday the corner of E7th/Temple was shut down due to an accident. Our neighborhood welcome sign remains down – waiting for a resolution on this property. E7th is considered a high-risk corridor.

Long Beach in general no longer needs these chains that don’t give back to the community. It needs local vendors whose passions lie in making the surrounding community better.  This could be the 29th 7-Eleven in LB. Check out what one of our RP investigative team members created using google maps.

Here is what we’ve done since we last reported to you Sept 26th – just 3 weeks ago.

Established a work group of volunteers to do background research on a variety of angles. Some working on 7-Eleven and others on crime data near these types of establishments. Who knows how much plastic and non-renewable materials a business of this nature creates ? If you know – let us know!!

As an example – the final proposed LUE and Urban Design documents are up for consideration at Planning Commission October 17th. It is assumed that these will move forward to City Council with few changes. What is missing is that these documents speak to healthy communities and environmental justice but there is no accountability that these important values will be implemented. RPNA has notified the Planning Commission of this oversight and need for correction.

RPNA has presented testimony at the City’s Health and Human Services Commission on the threats to neighborhood health that additional venues as proposed at E7th/Temple create.

RPNA has present testimony at the City’s Cultural Heritage Commission as to the alteration of our important historic fabric if a development of this type is allowed.

But let’s understand – these commissions rarely if ever get ahead of the curve on neighborhood building issues. We believe many who serve on these groups would like to – we need to support that.

Most recently RPNA has been noticed that the applicant is submitting revised plan – we’ve requested receiving these documents as soon as possible. As yet, there is no date for the applicant to present at the Planning Commission.

Think there is another angle to explore? Please share! We only know what we know. So keep those thoughts coming

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Stay informed

RPNA is engaging at many levels on a couple of fronts:

Locally – application to develop the NW corner at E7th & Temple for a 24 hour convenience store with a beer/wine off site license, aka “7-11”. RPNA has had 2 inform sessions, received dozens of letters and now we are moving into the next phase. To kick it off – meeting with our Council Member! And then others who’ve experienced this incursion into their neighborhood. It’s not just how it looks on the outside – it’s all the stuff that is sold on the inside that causes residents and stakeholders alarming concerns.

What residents and stakeholders are learning is that we have little or no part of the approval process UNLESS we come up with strategic and immediate alternatives such as other offers for purchase and development suitable for neighborhood, as well as, having key city departments weigh in on one-more 7-11. Think health department and office of sustainability. The impact of increased traffic activity – where the extremely heavy neighborhood sign has been taken down twice in collisions – at the corner must be studied. The environmental impact of increased sale of products with single-use packaging, plastics that cause increased trash, more litter and non-recyclable items in the environment – first stop is our beach!

Think of this as a long-term challenge, sort of like a chess game! We have 10 years of organizing and information about what our neighborhood needs in a location such as E7th & Temple. So keep those thoughts coming

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Global Climate Action – our very next action Oct. 2nd “Clean Air Day” starts at E7th & Temple! Please participate! We start first thing in the morning! Why because that is when 10’s of thousands of cars and others transit our historic boulevard.

Day #1 – Wednesday October 2nd Theme: “Trees and Me” 8am – meet up with comfy shoes and your organization’s t-shirt! Start at 8am at E7th and Temple – ends 9:30am Walk the Walk with Trees and Me bags Guerilla Art and clean-up at E7th and Temple 9:30-10am and meet Council Member Pearce at the ‘Flower Wall’- 10am

Day #2 – Thursday October 3rd Theme: “Keep It Parked”  8:30am – meet up with comfy shoes and your organization’s t-shirt! Start Thursday Morning: 8:30am meet at Junipero ends at 9:30 E7th Walk the Walk with Message Placards (think street protest or rally format – we provide the placards) (At the same time…Hospitality greeting by CD2with ‘Keep it Parked’ bags at major transit stops)

Day #3 – Oct. 4 Friday afternoon: Tree-keeping action at special places along E7th – contact for details if you’d like to join in!

In the meantime, sign up at Take the Pledge at Clean Air California!

Rose Park meets on the street!